Summer Daze Photo Party: Week 5 Plus DIY Inspiration Board

Photobucket These are a few of my recent instagram pics. (If you'd like to follow along you can find me at projectalicia.) With packing little man up for boy scout camp, entertaining house guests, and all the playing it's been hard to remember the camera. Not to mention my camera shy kids. (The nicest way I could think to say it. Wink, wink.) Needless to say, they are much more apt to take photos than be in photos, so I am gracing many of our pics these days. If you missed my "How To Fake Polaroids" post, you may want to give it a look... an easy, fun way to transform any photo. Speaking of which, have a look at my newest project with polaroids...


Photobucket Directions:
1. FIND FRAME. You may remember the frame from my Vintage Inspired Photo Shoot. I found it at a thrift store for a few dollars and spray painted it. You can do as simple or ornate as you'd like.

2. ADD TWINE. Once you have a frame, all you need to do is remove any glass or backing and then staple the twine to the back of the frame. You can do horizontal, vertical or even cross your twine and do both directions. (Thumb tacks or brads could be used in a pinch.)

3. GATHER PHOTOS. I used polaroids, but any photos would work. This would also be a fun way to display craft or scrap pages. Do a theme (ie. trip, holiday, or season) or all black and whites. Get creative. The photos could easily be changed out periodically for fresh inspiration.

4. EMBELLISH. Save some of your memorabilia from your travels and throw that on for a personalized touch. Add scrap embellishments, large letters, or inspiring words. You could even tie ribbon or fabric strips on the twine to dress it up. I can't remember where I got my vector shaped frames, but I'm sure these could be found anywhere. Here's some FREE ones here or here. I added papers (Fuzzimo has FREE linen and burlap textures) and digital bunting from Audree Art.

5. ASSEMBLE. Gather your materials and clip them on. I opted for the tiny clothes pins (found at most craft stores), but it would also be fun to dress up some regular sized ones. Bedazzle, Stamp, Color, Paint, or Add Fabric to them.

This is a super simple, inexpensive project, but just what I needed for a good creative fix. I hope this gets your wheels turnin'.

Have a wonderful weekend. Here's to getting tons crossed off those bucket lists!
(If you'd like to customize the bucket list, make sure to grab the FREE PSD file with separate layers.)


I'm teaming up with Kristi of Live and Love out Loud and Rebecca of Bumbles & Light to bring you the Summer Daze Fun Photo Party – a 6-week photo party link-up aimed at capturing your fun summer memories.

The Summer Daze Fun Photo Party will run from June 15th – July 20th. Stop by and share your favorite summer images each Friday. Linky opens at 9am CST. Please link directly to your blog post or Flickr photo, not your homepage URL or Flickr stream. All are welcome to participate regardless of camera equipment or geographic location. Get in on the fun over on Instagram by using the #summerdaze hashtag. Please visit and comment on the previous post in the linky list.

And don't forget to grab our button!


  1. That is a SERIOUSLY fantastic idea not only the frame but to use instagram photos!

  2. LOVE IT all, the Polaroids, twine, teal frame, and mini clothes. Ironic thing is I have one just like in my studio, the blue frame is lighter color. So funny - great minds think a like!

  3. Excellent photos, color, composition, content, creativity ... have it all. Wonderful pictures of the summer. Greetings.

  4. You always have such wonderful and original idea! You rock!

  5. I am a huge fan of those polaroids!! One of these days when I get some extra time, I'm going to give them a try!! This week I started learning to use scrapbook paper with photos in Photoshop but ran out of time and never was able to finish. Maybe this week ...
    Love the frame too, by the way!! Would be a great addition to my office!

  6. What a great idea Lish!!! Now I'm on the hunt to pick up some supplies.

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  8. Absolutely ADORABLE!! LOVE this! ;) I would love to know how you made the board behind that stain on a table?

  9. Also how do you make your polaroids?